Sunday, February 25, 2018

Months of corporate media BS put in perspective in less than five minutes.

(The Real News)

Our sham of an election process, the regular running of a sensationalized horse race, which should be called the running of the bull, is just an expensive dog and pony show used to prove which horse's ass can most quickly and effectively serve its corporate masters. It's so rigged and seemingly pointless that the largest voting block is no shows.

Civic-minded government hopefuls are so regularly marginalized they are seldom noticed. The idea that someone wishes to be elected in order to improve society and serve the public sounds quaint these days, quite ludicrous even. When a Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell speaks do they even remotely engender the notion they consider themselves public servants? If you think they do, you should think again.

A genuine investigation into manipulating public opinion and influencing our elections would result in a lot of businessmen and government officials going to jail. If there were investigations into abuses of power used to force international cooperation or punish the uncooperative, than countless leaders on both sides of the aisle, and their corporate string pullers would be lined up in striped prison suits.
Instead the media makes billions by getting a gullible public to pay attention to a "Russian's stole the election" fairy tale, which helps justify sanctions that serve our fossil fuel industry and creates tensions that serve the interests of our Military Industrial Complex.

    Maximizing business profits at the expense of public welfare has been a primary function of the U.S. government since the beginning. The military has been the strong arm of big business since its inception.

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
Smedley D. Butler
from War is a Racket, by America's Most Decorated Soldier

War is a Racket

 That was old news, then Reagan made it much worse, and the rise of Neoconservatism sealed the deal. A George W. Bush was an inevitable catastrophe, the "W" stands for longest war in our nation's history, with no end in sight.

Here's some comic spin on disaster capitalism you might enjoy:

Media owned by warlords, govt owned by big money, shock doctrine
(Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp)

p.s. There's really very little genuine evidence Russia did anything to mess with our elections remotely comparable to the obvious meddling of our own media and corrupt election processes.

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